Security Screener

Security Screener
An airport security screener checking a business person before they enter a terminal.

About the Career

Airport Security Screeners conduct screening of passengers, baggage, or cargo to ensure compliance with Transportation Security Administration (TSA) regulations. May operate basic security equipment such as x-ray machines and hand wands at screening checkpoints.

On the job you will:

  • Challenge suspicious people, requesting their badges and asking what their destination is
  • Follow those who breach security until police or other security personnel arrive to apprehend them
  • Monitor passenger flow through screening checkpoints to ensure order and efficiency
  • Close entry areas following security breaches or reopen areas after receiving notification that the airport is secure
  • Record information about any baggage that sets off alarms in monitoring equipment
  • Locate suspicious bags pictured in printouts sent from remote monitoring areas, and set these bags aside for inspection
  • Contact police directly in cases of urgent security issues, using phones or two-way radios
  • Test baggage for any explosive materials, using equipment such as explosive detection machines or chemical swab systems
  • Inform other screeners when baggage should not be opened because it might contain explosives
  • Check passengers' tickets to ensure that they are valid, and to determine whether passengers have designations that require special handling, such as providing photo identification


Average Salary: $40,460
Salary Range: $33,420 - $48,120
Education: High School Degree or Equivalent
Outlook: Good (1% - 10% growth)
Total Jobs (2024)3,780

Education and Training

Transportation Security Officers must hold a high school diploma or GED. The education requirement is waived for individuals with one year of full-time work experience in the aviation security industry.

Information provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor. Descriptions are based on general guidelines and industry standards and job duties may vary by employer and specific industry. Labor projections utilize data for the North Central Texas region and may vary from national statistics.

Critical Skills

Active Listening